Sumatriptan is an oral medication used for migraines. Whilst this medication can alleviate the symptoms of a migraine; it does not treat it. It belongs to a family of medication called triptans. They work by reducing the pain signals which are sent to the brain by blocking specific receptors. It also helps reduce the effects of nausea and sensitivity to stimulus, such as light. This medication is effective when taken at the earliest opportunity from when a migraine begins.
- Treatment for migraines (with or without the presence of aura)
- Can reduce nausea, pain and light sensitivity
- Cheaper generic version of Imigran
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Sumatriptan, sold under the brand name Imigran, is a medication used to narrow the blood vessels in the brain, which can help to reduce pressure and relieve the symptoms of migraine attacks.
Sumatriptan is available in two strengths: 50mg or 100mg. Start your consultation or speak to a member of our team if you have any questions.
How do I take Sumatriptan Tablets?
Take one Sumatriptan tablet, as soon as possible, at the onset of a migraine. You can repeat the dose after 2 hours if the migraine has not subsided.
Can I use other migraine treatments with Sumatriptan/Imigran Tablets?
You can use painkillers and anti-sickness treatments with Sumatriptan. These include paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin-based painkillers.
Should I take Sumatriptan (Imigran) with food?
There are no specific requirements to take Sumatriptan with, or without, food.
Is Sumatriptan affected by alcohol, antibiotics or the contraceptive pill?
You may want to avoid alcohol during a migraine as this could make it worse. However, it will not make Sumatriptan less effective. Although Sumatriptan is not affected by the contraceptive pill, migraines can be linked to hormonal changes during your period.
Does this medication work on regular headaches?
This treatment often relieves other symptoms that occur together with a migraine headache, such as nausea, tension, vomiting and sensitivity to light. If you have a regular headache, you should use ordinary painkillers like paracetamol
Can you drive while taking Sumatriptan medication?
Sumatriptan can make you feel tired or sleepy. If this happens, avoid driving or using heavy machinery for your safety.
The side effects of sumatriptan can include pain, heaviness, pressure or tightness in the chest, throat or other parts of the body, or unusual sensations, including numbness, tingling and warmth or cold. These effects may be intense but generally pass quickly.
Other common side effects include:
- Feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting), although this may be due to the migraine itself
- Tiredness or drowsiness
- Dizziness, feeling weak or getting hot flushes
- Temporary increase in blood pressure
- Shortness of breath
Speak to your GP or a member of our team immediately if you experience side effects.
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.